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April 2023
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With April showers set to be in full flow this weekend, it might be best to take cover

Here we've picked out all the best activities to do indoors to help you skip those showers.
Old fashioned Cinema Tyneside Cinema

Watch a film…
Whether you head to the landmark City Screen Picturehouse in York or the old but gold Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, there are so many incredible places across the region to enjoy a good film this weekend. Film lovers in Yorkshire can also embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious film fest this weekend, as the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour is at York Barbican on Friday 21st with a screening of the 2023 Blue Film Programme.

See a show…
This weekend enter a wondrous world of magical fairies and vampires, where the timeless tale of good versus evil is turned upside-down in a supernatural love story that even the passage of time itself can’t alter. Will Princess Aurora ever find her true love again? Find out as Matthew Bourne’s award-winning Sleeping Beauty comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal. With an unforgettable score by Tchaikovsky, sumptuous sets and costumes, evocative lighting and masterly storytelling, the beloved fairy tale is brought to life.

Listen to a podcast…
Podcasts are great because they give you the opportunity to dive into a whole host of topics without having to set aside time just for that, for example here we’ve picked out the best podcasts for your morning commute. But they can also be educational and well worth including in your weekend listening – these thought-provoking podcasts will give you plenty to think about, and we caught up with Rebecca Lamb-Pritchard from Leeds-based audio content agency and studio, This Is Distorted, to discover her favourite podcasts all made in Yorkshire. Click here to read the full list. 

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Air Fryer Fish Tacos

Try your luck…
At we have a number of exciting and exclusive competitions to try your luck at this weekend. From a brand new timeless Barbour Bedale jacket, to an overnight stay at the iconic Middleton Lodge Estate, not to mention the chance to win the ultimate trip to the home of racing Royal Ascot, we’ve got everything you could wish for and more up for grabs. So why not be a winner this weekend? You never know…

Cook it up…
When the weather’s not playing ball, staying in to get creative in the kitchen is always a great option and at we have a lots of new recipes for you to try this weekend. If you’re a tech-led cook, you may like the sound of air fryer fish tacos and slow cooker mac and cheese, whereas if you’re a TikTok-obsessed baker why not try Eloise Head’s cherry bakewell flapjacks. For a more classic chef’s dish, The Lord Crewe Bamburgh's lemon sole makes the perfect fish supper. 

rugby player running with the ball Chris Lishman

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Support your sport…
This Friday, Newcastle Falcons are taking on Northampton Saints in their last home game of the Gallagher Premiership season and kick off is 7.45pm at Kingston Park. It’s going to be a big one so head on down (just avoid the North Stand if you don’t want to get wet). Meanwhile in Yorkshire, Hull KR head to Castleford Tigers on Friday for the final game before the international break. This match is on TV so you can stay warm indoors and enjoy from the comfort of your own home if it’s too wet.

Go out of this world…
It’s International Dark Sky Week and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to the observatory? We’re lucky to have some of the most beautiful dark skies above our heads here in the North East and at Kielder Observatory they’re helping kids to realise this early. Space Kids, taking place on Sunday, is one of their most popular events, designed to inspire, enthuse and educate. With the chance to ask questions, play with telescopes, build rockets and touch real space rocks, it’s an out of this world day the young scientists will never forget. Fingers crossed for a clear sky.

Head behind the scenes…
York Open Studios is an annual community arts event which represents the best artists and makers living or working within a 10-mile radius of the city and you can get involved this weekend. Visit artists’ studios and workshops around the city, and with over 150 artists taking part this year, it might be worth planning your trail beforehand if you want to visit a few. Works on display range from ceramics to digital prints, jewellery and illustrations.

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